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Oklahoma sheriff declares county ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

The sheriff of Logan County on Wednesday professed his support for gun rights by declaring the county a “Second Amendment Sanctuary."

In a signed resolution, Republican Sheriff Damon Devereaux vowed no public funds will be used to enact policies that restrict the Second Amendment rights of Logan County residents. 

He also promised to oppose any attempts to restrict the gun rights of law-abiding Logan County citizens. The resolution is likely purely symbolic. 

A Democratic state lawmaker from Oklahoma City called the move a “political stunt.”

Devereaux got the idea from Virginia where more than 100 conservative localities adopted the sanctuary declaration after Democrats took control of the commonwealth’s General Assembly in 2019 and vowed to pass major gun reforms this year. 

In an advisory opinion, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said the Second Amendment sanctuary designations have “no legal effect.” 

Devereaux said he’s aiming to head off any gun control talk, policies or legislation in Oklahoma. 

Politically, Oklahoma and Virginia couldn’t be more different. 

In Virginia, Democrats hold all statewide elected offices and majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly. In Oklahoma, Republicans have significant majorities in the Legislature and hold all statewide elected positions. 

“Do I think anybody’s going to come in here and take our guns here in Oklahoma? No,” Devereaux said. “We’re probably the most conservative state in the union. But I also know that I get calls from time to time from my citizens talking about some of the legislation that’s being presented at the state level or the federal level where they feel it’s an infringement on their Second Amendment rights.”

Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, said he hopes Devereaux would uphold all of the Constitution, not just portions of the founding document. 

Lowe is leading the charge to undo the permitless carry law Republican legislators passed and Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law last year. 

“This is a political stunt that has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with the sheriff’s politics,” Lowe said. “It also doesn’t change that Oklahomans have yet to have their say on whether the state should require training before someone carries a firearm in public.”  

Devereaux is asking Logan County commissioners to approve his resolution at their Friday meeting. He said he is confident they will support the measure. 

It is unclear if approval from the county commissioners gives the resolution any more authority as an enforceable doctrine. 

“The way that I look at this, as the sheriff, I think I can make this declaration of intent,” Devereaux said. “I am proceeding forth with the commissioners just to get their affirmation."

Devereaux, who has been in office since January 2017, is seeking re-election this year. He previously served as Guthrie’s chief of police. 

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Second Amendment supporters rally at the state Capitol to celebrate the permitless carry law taking effect. Friday, November 1, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

Second Amendment supporters rally at the state Capitol to celebrate the permitless carry law taking effect. Friday, November 1, 2019. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›

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